Salmonella outbreak linked to Krinos brand tahini sesame paste reported in six states

A multistate outbreak of two outbreak strains of salmonella has affected at least eight people in six states, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outbreak notice Wednesday.

The outbreak strains, Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka, have been linked to tahini sesame paste distributed by Krinos Foods, LLC of Long Island City, New York, according to an collaborative investigation by state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies.

Krino's Tahini sesame paste  Image/FDA

Krino’s Tahini sesame paste

The breakdown of cases by state is California (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (1).

None of the cases required hospitalization for their illness. No deaths have been reported.

On April 28, Long Island City, New York company, Krinos Foods, LLC, announced a voluntary recall of  its TAHINI sesame paste after  the Michigan Department of Agriculture detected Salmonella during routine testing on a sample of the product in a retail store.

On May 9, 2013, the recall was expanded to include additional expiration dates.

According to the CDC, a search of the PulseNet database identified ill persons with the same strains of Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka. In interviews, ill persons answered questions about foods eaten and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Four (100%) of four ill persons interviewed (two infected with Salmonella Montevideo and two with Salmonella Mbandaka) reported eating homemade hummus made with Krinos brand tahini sesame paste.

CDC recommends that consumers do not eat recalled Krinos brand tahini sesame paste and discard any remaining product. This product has a long shelf-life, and it may still be in people’s homes.

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Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka, by State Image/CDC

Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka, by State

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